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What's the deal on tanks & guards/sliders?

Hi Everyone,

FNG to the forums stopping by to say hi. My biz mostly makes parts for Ducatis, but while we were vending at Laguna World Superbike, someone said I should make a plastic fuel tank for the R6. He says the stock tank is metal and also sticks out past the sides of the frame.

See, we make a
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. Our next tank was going to be for 1098 family Ducati Superbikes. He said I should make one for R6s, so I need to see what you guys think. I'm pretty dang clueless about R6s other than they're faster than my S2R.
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What years are affected? Are there families of years with same tank that are worse?

BTW, my last "R6" was a 91 fzr600. Then I had a sucka-II which was awesomely nimble & pissed everyone off...

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Re: What's the deal on tanks & guards/sliders?

The 3rd gen R6s (2006 - present) tend to hit on the side of the tank when they're crashed, rupturing the tank, and sometimes resulting in the bike burning to the ground.

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Every race org that I know of requires tank 'sliders' to prevent this.

I don't own a 3rd gen, so I don't know how much of a pain the sliders are to deal with. But they're kind of ugly unless you take a lot of time or money to paint & blend them into the tank I think. Being able to just buy a different tank might be a nice option.
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Re: What's the deal on tanks & guards/sliders?

The gas tank issue was fixed in 08, from what I've read it was only the 06-07's that has that issue (don't know about pre 06 or S models).

I run ETI sliders (not tested) and they are stupid simple to install and fit very well, and I didn't bother painting mine though...lol

There is another slider that a Forum vendors is selling (Chief) but basically covers the entire tank but is very snug to get one, from what I've read.

If you can find a nice price on a tank, that's an option too as these slider retail for $180+. At least the ETI's.


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The gas tank issue was fixed in 08, from what I've read it was only the 06-07's that has that issue (don't know about pre 06 or S models).

I run ETI sliders (not tested) and they are stupid simple to install and fit very well, and I didn't bother painting mine though...lol

There is another slider that a Forum vendors is selling (Chief) but basically covers the entire tank but is very snug to get one, from what I've read.

If you can find a nice price on a tank, that's an option too as these slider retail for $180+. At least the ETI's.
My bad. If it's only 06/07, then there's obviously a much smaller market for it. The 08+ are the best platform for building a race bike.
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Re: What's the deal on tanks & guards/sliders?

Have had tank sliders on both my 07 and 09. Tested them on 07 and worked great. I would suggest laying something down on the tank though because the material scratches the tank paint

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if you build it they will buy it…. Well at least I probably would. Tank sliders on the r6 suck and mess up your suit. I have a 08 and i said screw it. (just bought my second tank).

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Re: What's the deal on tanks & guards/sliders?

06+ in the cmra requires tank sliders.

eti is the top of the line at the moment. hit me up if you're going to be making something better.
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Re: What's the deal on tanks & guards/sliders?

Hi Everyone, thanks for your replies.
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Agg: you got hit up.

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Re: What's the deal on tanks & guards/sliders?

As mentioned, people still run tank sliders on the 08+. So if this is cost-competitive with the price of a used tank plus sliders, then I think it could be popular. Curious what the weight savings would be on an R6 (pretty decent on the Monster, per your page).
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Re: What's the deal on tanks & guards/sliders?

I crashed the ETI sliders. Very little damage and it was able to be repaired for less than $15 in materials. I also run a dented up stock tank so the covers make it look very nice.
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